Scania Supports Vocational Training in Ghana

Scania has established a vocational program in Ghana to help train heavy vehicle service technicians.

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Scania has established Ghana’s first vocational training scheme for heavy vehicle service technicians. Scania and other industry partners will provide in-kind and personnel support with additional funding from the German Corporation for International Cooperation, GIZ.

The present Government Technical Training Center annually enrolls approximately 120 students for 3-year vocational training as service technicians for passenger cars and minibuses. However, there has never been any training program for heavy vehicles in the country.

Within the 3-year training curriculum for service technicians, approximately 25 students per year will have the opportunity during their final year to specialize in mechatronics for heavy vehicles with training in, for example, systematic troubleshooting using digital diagnostics systems.

Scania has delivered 245 buses for the newly established Accra Bus Rapid Transit system. These buses must be serviced and repaired by professional personnel with specialist skills, which have been difficult to find on the Ghanaian labor market.

“The demands on service technicians at present are very different from those in the past,” says Fredrik Morsing, Managing Director of Scania West Africa. “Nowadays, you need both good theoretical and practical training, computer and language skills as being service-minded with customers. The service technician is now a highly qualified person that you entrust with your valuable asset.”

The new “Heavy Duty Mechatronic” vocational training program will be part of the Government Technical Training Center but will be carried out at a 500-sq. m building within Scania’s premises. Scania also provides the major part of industry funding for this project and will, in addition to providing vehicles, also contribute to developing training content.